GOP Sen Burr: Health Care Deal Unlikely This Year


Since congressional Republicans began their effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in earnest, independent voters have been increasingly embracing President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement.

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., told a news station Thursday that he does not see "a comprehensive health care plan this year". In addition, the bill will discriminate against older adults by allowing insurance companies to charge them five times more what others pay for the same coverage just due to their age.

The Kaiser poll is a stark reflection of those partisan differences.

Past year the department solicited feedback during the review process with a public meeting and got an earful from consumers who said the constantly rising cost of insurance is putting health care out of their reach.

Almost 75% of those surveyed said it was "very likely" or "somewhat likely" that Congress will pass and President Donald Trump will sign a bill to "repeal and replace" the PPACA.

Overall, Obamacare enjoys much more positive ratings than the American Health Care Act. Some CEOs have outright blamed President Donald Trump's administration for dragging its feet on any decision regards CSRs. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for the full sample.

And 58% of those surveyed said they were less likely to support the bill due to the Congressional Budget Office's estimate that costs would increase for older people and decrease for younger Americans.

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Members of the U.S. Senate "have a grave obligation" to make sure their health care reform bill respects life, provides access to adequate health care "for all" and is "truly affordable", the chairmen of four U.S. bishops' committees said in a letter to senators released June 2. Many said their opinion was only somewhat favorable.

Meanwhile, insurance companies have been rattled by uncertainty over not only the long-term fate of Obamacare but also the near-term prospects for federal payments that under the 2010 law help reduce co-payments and deductibles for low-income beneficiaries.

The puzzle is that while this pilot project was approved by a Republican-dominated Congress, the House of Representatives - also controlled by Republicans - eagerly passed a measure this month that would drive 23 million people off the insurance rolls, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

But far less has been said about the makeup of the large cohort of Americans with one or more chronic medical conditions and how they likely will impact the future of the health care system.

On top of this, Republicans - and the media - largely downplayed the passage of the AHCA in the House because it is now headed to the Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, before the bill was passed, that the Senate would be scrapping and re-structuring the bill. This includes almost 64 percent of Democrats, 57 percent of independents and 46 percent of Republicans.

The letter urged senators to recognize their "grave obligation" to come up with a fair health care plan.